Giants prospect C.J. Hinojosa suspended 50 games

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Giants prospect C.J. Hinojosa suspended 50 games

Giants prospect C.J. Hinojosa has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, the league announced on Friday. 

The Giants drafted the shortstop in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. This past season, Hinojosa hit .256 with four home runs at Double-A Richmond. In three years in the minors, Hinojosa has slashed .275/.335/.390 with 18 homers. 

Hinojosa is ranked as the Giants' No. 17 prospect by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America ranked him as the team's No. 30 prospect after the 2017 season.

Down on the Farm: Standout Giants minor league statistics leaders

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Down on the Farm: Standout Giants minor league statistics leaders

The Giants' last-place season is winding down in its final month of the season. In the minors, the results weren't much better. 

For all the Giants' minor league affiliates, the season has come to an end except in the Arizona Rookie League as the AZL Giants look to stay alive the championship Wednesday night. 

With the season over, here is who led all Giants minor-league affiliates in several categories. 

Home Runs: Chris Shaw, 24

Shaw finished his outstanding 2017 campaign with two home runs in the River Cats’ final game of the season, a wild walk-off win in 10 innings. The powerful lefty, who is ranked as the Giants’ top hitting prospect along with Christian Arroyo, will finish the season as the franchise's top home run hitter across all affiliates, including the big league club. 

After smacking six home runs at Double-A in 37 games, Shaw upped his slugging percentage from .511 to .530 in Triple-A, hitting 18 home runs in 88 games for the River Cats. While he won’t be seen in San Francisco this year, he’s a name to watch for next season and all eyes will be on him at the Arizona Fall League. 

Batting Average: Bryan Reynolds, .312

Reynolds, the Giants’ top pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, edged his teammate Ryan Howard (.306) in six less games. After being named an All-Star and playing in the Futures Game with a first-half slash line of .295/.340/.418 and three home runs, the switch hitter caught fire in the second half to tune of .328/.386/.506 and seven more long balls. 

A natural center fielder, Reynolds was moved all over the outfield in San Jose. He finished the season playing 50 games in center, 42 in right field and 19 in left field. 

Hits: Ryan Howard, 161

While Howard lost to Reynolds for the batting title, he still bested him in total hits. The 23-year-old’s production fell a bit in the second half after a monster first half (.325/.354/.411, 86 hits in 62 games), but he still shined bright as someone seen as a non-prospect by top ranking systems.

"It reminds me of a Christian Arroyo or a Matt Duffy where he's not hitting a bunch of home runs, but he's finding ways to put balls in play," San Jose broadcaster Joe Ritzo says on Howard. "He's really hard to strikeout this year and he's just a good, hard-nosed player who does everything the right way."

Starting Pitcher ERA: Garrett Williams, 2.32

Williams first made his name as a kid in the Little League World Series where he struck out 17 batters in one game back in 2007. Now at 22 years old, he put together a solid season between the Augusta GreenJackets and San Jose Giants. After 12 games and a 2.25 ERA, Williams spent his final six in San Jose, boasting a 2.45 ERA. 

He is the Giants’ No. 20 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. 

Starting Pitcher Strikeouts: Stephen Woods, 113

Woods started 23 games for the Augusta GreenJackets this season and ended with a 2.95 ERA to go with his 113 strikeouts in 110 innings pitched. It all comes down to command and Woods still struggled with that in 2017, walking 64 batters. 

The 22-year-old has the swing-and-miss stuff and is ranked as the Giants’ No. 29 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Down on the Farm: How Giants prospects performed in minor league All-Star Games

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Down on the Farm: How Giants prospects performed in minor league All-Star Games

Somehow, someway, there are still All-Star Games going on in the minors all the way into August. And they’re still not done with the New York-Penn League All-Star Game set to take place on Aug. 15. 

But, the Giants’ minor league affiliates' time in the apparent full-summer classics ended with the Northwest vs Pioneer League All-Star Game Tuesday night. 

Now that the All-Star season is over for Giants prospects, let’s look back at how each player performed in their respective showcase.

Triple-A All-Star Game 

— Tyler Rodgers, RHP, Sacramento River Cats

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (Hold)
  • Replaced Jean Machi to start the sixth inning 
  • 15 pitches: 9 strikes, 6 balls

Futures Games 

— Bryan Reynolds, OF, San Jose Giants 

  • 0-for-0, 1 BB
  • Six-pitch walk 
  • Replaced Kyle Tucker in right field in the sixth inning 

Eastern League All-Star Game 

— Slade Heathcott, OF, Richmond Flying Squirrels 

  • 1-for-4, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Started in center field and batted leadoff

— C.J. Hinojosa, SS, Richmond Flying Squirrels

  • 0-for-1
  • Grounded out to third base on first pitch he saw in the seventh inning 
  • Replaced Yu-Cheng Chang at shortstop in the bottom of the fifth inning

Tyler Cyr, RHP, Richmond Flying Squirrels

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K (Hold)
  • Entered in the fourth inning 
  • 16 pitches: 10 strikes, 6 balls 

Cal League All-Star Game 

— Bryan Reynolds, OF, San Jose Giants 

  • 1-for-3, RBI, 1 K
  • Batted third and started in center field

— Aramis Garcia, C, San Jose Giants 

  • 1-for-3, 1 R
  • Batted fifth as the starting catcher 

— Ryan Howard, SS, San Jose Giants 

  • 0-for-2
  • Replaced Sergio Alcantara at shortstop in the sixth inning, batted ninth

— Mike Connolly, RHP, San Jose Giants 

  • 1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER
  • Replaced Conner Menez in the fourth inning 
  • 14 pitches: 9 strikes, 5 balls

South Atlantic League All-Star Game

— Kelvin Beltre, 3B, Augusta GreenJackets 

  • 0-for-1, 1 K
  • Replaced Angel Aguilar in the sixth inning at third base and batted eighth

— Domenic Mazza, RHP, Augusta GreenJackets 

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K
  • Replaced Logan Boyd in the third inning 
  • Struck out the first two batters he faced 
  • 13 pitches: 9 strikes, 4 balls 

Northwest vs Pioneer League All-Star Game 

— Malique Ziegler, OF, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • 0-for-2
  • Led off and stated in center field

— Manuel Geraldo, INF, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 

  • 1-for-3, 1 SB, 1 K
  • Batted second, played third base and shortstop 

— Stetson Woods, RHP, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

  • 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K
  • Started on the hill for the Northwest 
  • Struck out the first and last batter he faced 
  • 17 pitches: 10 strikes, 7 balls 

Around The Horn 

— Giants top catching prospect Aramis Garcia has been promoted to Double-A Richmomd. He hit .272/.314/.497 with 17 home runs in 81 games for the San Jose Giants this season.

— Andrew Suarez thre another gem for the River Cats last night. His last two starts have gone like this: 14 IP, 9 H, 4 BB, 15 K, 1 ER

— Ryder Jones is crushing the ball for the River Cats and seeing time in right field. In his last 10 games, Jones is batting .395 with three home runs and 11 RBI.